Spectroscopic and Theoretical Studies of Ruthenium and Osmium N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes

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This project concerns the synthesis, spectroscopic studies and theoretical calculations of ruthenium/osmium complexes containing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands. NHC ligands are, in principle, versatile building blocks for molecular electronic components because they can interact with metal centers via sigma- and pi-bonding, and their donor ability and molecular shape can be fine-tuned by the substituent at the N-atoms and the structure of the cyclic backbone. We plan to synthesize a series of low- and high-valent Ru/Os-NHC complexes in order to probe the metal-carbon interaction by electrochemical, spectroscopic and theoretical means. These studies should provide fundamental understanding on metal-NHC interaction and insight on designing NHC complexes for molecular-scale electronic devices.


Project number7002591
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/05/102/02/12